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Skid Row and Homeless Connectivity Project

People experiencing homelessness are, by definition, socially marginalized and resource-deprived. However, studies show that a surprisingly large share uses new technologies such as smartphones and the Internet on a regular basis and for a variety of purposes, including seeking new information, building or maintaining social ties, and general entertainment. It remains unclear, however, whether and how such use creates opportunities for the homeless to acquire resources, to access relevant services, and to activate systems of social support…. Read More » “Skid Row and Homeless Connectivity Project”

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Connected Communities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG)

This research project seeks to map inequities in broadband infrastructure and digital access in greater Los Angeles, and explore their socioeconomic determinants and implications. By mapping the spatial distribution of broadband access and use at the most disaggregated level available, the project offers a comprehensive diagnosis that informs current policy initiatives and debates about digital inequality at the community level.
This initiative is a part of a larger research consortium that is undertaking similar efforts in large metropolises around the world,… Read More » “Connected Communities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG)”

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Inequality and the Digital Labor Market

Despite a large amount of empirical evidence about discrimination in labor markets, the underlying mechanisms that result in lower earnings for women and other groups remain poorly understood. Part of the problem relates to methodological limitations for teasing out the complexities of various labor market dynamics. In particular, the inability to directly observe hiring and salary bargaining practices limits the ability to make causal inferences about the determinants of labor market outcomes. For example, to what extent are gender pay gaps driven by discrimination by employers or by differences in bargaining strategies and career preferences between men and women?… Read More » “Inequality and the Digital Labor Market”

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Financial Inclusion for Low-Income Women in Mexico

Prospera is Mexico’s largest social safety program and the world’s second largest conditional cash transfer program. It currently supports seven million low-income families through direct monetary transfers, which represent about 30 million Mexicans. In exchange for the monetary transfer, participating families are required to fulfill obligations in three areas: children’s education, health and nutrition. Currently, all program recipients receive a banking card linked to a personal account. However, due to the limited reach of the physical banking infrastructure,… Read More » “Financial Inclusion for Low-Income Women in Mexico”